Great Plains Spartan II air drill is beefed up

Upgrades to the Great Plains Spartan II air drill range includes a more durable 18 PLY rear castor tyre and a redesigned row-unit mounting bracket

The Great Plains Spartan II triple disc, no-till air drill range has been updated to meet the evolving needs of the Australian market.

Enhancements to the 2020 model NTA607-2 Spartan have been inspired by the experience of operating in tough Australian conditions since its release in 2018.

These updates promise to increase the machine’s durability and ease of use.

Great Plains Product Manager John Moloney said customers will reap significant rewards from the improvements made to MY2020 NTA607-2 Spartan models.

A revised hydraulic circuit design further optimises the proven active row-unit down pressure system

“Our goal is to continuously improve our products to create the best possible user experience,” said Mr Moloney.

“A revised hydraulic circuit design further optimises the proven active row-unit down pressure system as well as folding to ensure every seed is planted at the correct depth to maximise germination.”

“Given the Spartan’s popularity in fodder production, the 2020 NTA607-2’s blockage monitor system has been optimised to work with small, low-rate pasture seeds such as rye grass – which can often be difficult to detect,” said Mr Moloney.

A software update also supports the use of prescription maps for variable rate application to ensure growers get the highest value from every seed.

Other improvements include upgrades to a more durable 18 PLY rear castor tyre and a redesigned row-unit mounting bracket which increases durability and reduces maintenance requirements.

The blockage monitor system has been optimised to work with small, low-rate pasture seeds such as rye grass

The Spartan II is available with either a 152 or 190 mm (6 or 7.5-inch) row spacing.

Alternate row seeding, individual row shut-off and individual row depth control are all possible, and all machines have double-shoot capability – making Spartan II one of the most versatile compact no-till air drills on the market.

“We’re very excited to bring this updated Spartan II to the Australian market.

The latest enhancements will help our customers overcome the challenges of operating in a tough Australian landscape,” Mr Moloney said.

Great Plains dealers are taking orders for the Spartan II series now, with pre-season discounts available.

For more information and to find out where your nearest dealer, go to: www.greatplainsaustralia.com.au

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